Kevin Spacey has been completely cut from Ridley Scott’s “All The Money In The World,” and his role as J. Paul Getty will now go to Hollywood legend Christopher Plummer (“Up”). Deadline reports that Scott, Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin (“Dunkirk”) and Bradley Thomas (“Hot Summer Nights”) have decided to reshoot every scene Spacey was in in the biopic, with Scott determined to keep the film’s Dec. 22 premiere date.
The news comes amidst the current controversy around Spacey and other alleged sexual predators who’ve been active in Hollywood. Anthony Rapp (“Star Trek: Discovery”) bravely came forward about a case of sexual harassment from Spacey when Rapp was only 14. Others quickly came forward with allegations of sexual harassment, groping and assault about the “House of Cards” star, who attempted to deflect judgement by coming out as a gay man. Suffice to say, it was an ineffectual tactic.
The entire cast of “All The Money In The World” and Sony Pictures have unanimously agreed to come back and reshoot Spacey’s scenes, including stars Mark Wahlberg (“The Fighter”) and Michelle Williams (“Manchester by the Sea”). The film’s first cut with Spacey has also been pulled from the closing night slot of the AFI Festival over concerns that Spacey would ruin’s the film’s prospects. Plummer, who’s starred in classics “The Sound of Music” and “A Beautiful Mind” and won an Oscar for his role in “Beginners,” will play J. Paul Getty.
“All The Money In The World” tells the story of J. Paul Getty III’s kidnapping and ransom in the 1970s. Williams and Wahlberg play the teenage heir’s mother and Getty’s advisor. Infamous oil tycoon and Getty III’s grandfather, Getty, refused to pay the ransom and free his grandson, even after the youth’s ear was cut off and shipped to the distraught mother as further incentive to pay up.
Scott isn’t the first filmmaker to respond quickly to allegations of sexual abuse by Hollywood bigwigs. Director Taylor Sheridan (“Sicario”), Jeremy Renner (“Arrival”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Captain America: Civil War”) and producers Basil Iwanyk (“John Wick”) and Matthew George (“LBJ”) reclaimed their indie film “Wind River” from The Weinstein Company, who had purchase distribution rights. Harvey Weinstein was recently outed as a sexual predator who used his Hollywood status to prey on women. TWC gave back the film, and all logos and connections to TWC have been erased from the film. Watch the cast and crew of “Wind River” react to the Harvey Weinstein allegations above.
“All The Money In The World” is still set to premiere Dec. 22, 2017.